How To Find The Best Wedding Gown For Your Body Shape

Saturday, January 13th, 2018 Wedding Ideas, Tips and Inspiration

How to find the perfect wedding dress for your body type

Choosing a wedding dress is one of the most exciting and magical aspects of being a bride. When the time comes to hit the bridal dress shops, however, the seemingly endless selections of dresses in different cuts, fabrics and colors can feel overwhelming. When every dress looks amazing in wedding magazines and on manikins, how can you determine which dresses you should steer toward when you begin your search for the perfect wedding dress? One of the best ways to home in on the right wedding dress for you is to start with the right wedding dress for your body type.

You probably know that a sure way to find a winning wedding dress is to find a wedding dress that highlights your assets and hides the aspects of your body you tend to be self-conscious of. With that in mind, there are different wedding dress silhouettes that complement different body types. So which dress silhouette is best for your body type?


Which Wedding Gowns You Should Try On Based On Your Shape

Ballgown wedding dresses to create shape for boyish silhouettes

The ballgown is a classic choice for a wedding dress. Fitted through the bodice with a voluptuously full skirt, the ballgown wedding dress is an excellent option for brides with boyish or straight figures. A ballgown wedding dress can help to create shape on your body. The form-fitting bodice combined with the voluminous skirt will create the illusion of a nipped-in waist and fuller hips.

Ballgown wedding dresses also make an excellent option for pear-shaped brides looking to masks their lower half, or for any bride who wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day. Petite brides, on the other hand should beware: The fullness of the skirts can become overwhelming on slight forms.

Mermaid wedding dresses to accentuate hourglass shapes

Hourglass shapes have long been prized for their sexiness and sensuality. If you want a wedding dress that highlights your hourglass shape, you can’t go wrong with a mermaid gown. Mermaid wedding dresses hug your body through the bodice and hips to the knee. From the knee, they flair out to balance the body’s curves. Some mermaid wedding gowns include a train for a more traditional wedding gown feel.

There is one consideration in determining whether a mermaid wedding gown is right for you. Because mermaid wedding gowns offer a form-fitting silhouette meant to accentuate every curve, you should steer clear of a mermaid gown if you don’t feel comfortable with a snug fit. Mermaid dresses are designed to showcase your every curve.

Sheath wedding dresses to elongate the petite bride

With layers of lace, big trains and ruffled details, many typical wedding dresses will drown the petite bride in fabric. As such, if you’re a petite bride, you need a wedding dress that will elongate your body without overwhelming your frame. The sheath wedding dress offers the perfect solution for petite brides. Sheath dresses are straight from top to bottom, with subtle shaping to follow the curve of the body. That long line helps to elongate a petite frame. Petite brides should look for sheath wedding dresses with a high waist or a subtle waist to avoid breaking up the line of the body.

The sheath wedding dress should be avoided by the pear-shaped bride. The straight line of the sheath can accentuate your larger bottom and smaller top, making your silhouette appear unbalanced.

Trumpet wedding dresses to flaunt your curves

If you’re looking for a wedding dress that will celebrate your beautiful curves, a trumpet wedding dress could provide the perfect fit. Similar to a mermaid dress, but more forgiving to allow for more comfortable movement, the trumpet wedding dress has a fitted bodice to accentuate the waist. The straight skirt of a trumpet wedding dress will highlight your hips without being too tight. The dress flares out from the knee down to balance the rest of your curves.

Brides with apple shapes or straight torsos shouldn’t look to a trumpet wedding dress. The curve-hugging bodice of the dress will call attention to a heavy middle or emphasize a lack of curves.

Drop-waist wedding dresses to highlight a small waist

If you’re a bride with a perfectly small waist, you can accentuate your trim torso with a drop-waist wedding dress. The drop-waist wedding dress hugs your torso and your hips before flaring out into a full skirt below your natural waistline, general after the curve of your hips. For a small-waisted bride with pleasant curves, the drop-waist wedding dress can be a fun way to highlight your fantastic shape while still providing a formal full skirt.

Avoid the drop-waist wedding dress if you have a boxy or straight figure. The drop-waist silhouette does nothing to create curves. Instead, a drop-waist wedding dress will highlight your lack of curves.

A-line wedding dresses for any body shape

The A-line dress is a timeless silhouette that remains ever popular. And it’s for good reason: A-line wedding dresses flatter the shape of any bride. That’s because A-line dresses offer a classic shape: They’re narrow at the top and then gently flare out. The shape means an A-line wedding dress will add volume to a bride with a boyish shape, balance out the bottom of a bride with a larger bust and complement a small waist or a pear shape. Because A-line dresses come with skirts in a variety of volumes, an A-line wedding dress can easily be found to give a petite bride an elegant shape without overwhelming her body with a too heavy skirt.

So are their brides who should steer away from A-line wedding dresses? A-line wedding dresses don’t need to be avoided based on body type, but brides should be aware that they create a soft, romantic feel. Brides who are looking for dresses with a modern flare or sexy wedding dresses likely won’t be satisfied with the classic cut of an A-line wedding dress.

Choosing the perfect wedding dress shape for you

Focusing on a wedding dress cut that’s made to highlight your shape can help steer you toward the perfect wedding dress. Of course, the wedding dress with the perfect fit is the wedding dress that you feel most comfortable and most confident in. While certain wedding dress silhouettes are bound to flatter your body, that doesn’t mean you have to rule out a silhouette you love just because it might not be ideal for your body. If there’s a certain silhouette you love, a competent bridal consultant should be able to find a dress in that silhouette, or that pays homage to that silhouette, that has the right detailing to complement your body. Once you have found the perfect dress be sure to read our guide with tips on finding the right undergarments for your bridal gown. Happy shopping!

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